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2000 Media Release


October 5, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Delores Mather, Program Chair, 488-4228 (after Oct. 12)

Public Invited to U.S. State Department Town Meeting

Foreign policy is the topic of a U.S. State Department Town Meeting Thursday, October 19 in Lincoln. The public is invited to the free event, which is co-sponsored by Mayor Don Wesely’s office, the City of Lincoln, the Mayor’s Committee for International Friendship, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is set for 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Union Auditorium, 14th and 'R' streets.

The featured speakers are Eric Lief, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and member of the department’s policy planning staff, and Dr. Kamal Beyoghlow, a Research Fellow and Professor of International Relations and National Security at Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia.

Opening remarks will be given by Mayor Wesely and Harvey Perlman, UNL Interim Chancellor. Lief will speak at 2:45 p.m. on "The New Diplomacy." A reception is scheduled at 3:45 p.m., and Dr. Beyoghlow will speak at 4:30 p.m. on "Terrorism in the 21st Century." The speakers will take questions from the audience as part of their presentations.

The U.S. State Department holds Town Meeting across the country to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas between the department and the American public. It is an opportunity for participants to be heard by senior U.S. policy makers and to have their views carried back to Washington, D.C.

(Media note: To arrange telephone interviews with the speakers before the event, contact Schere Walker with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Public Affairs, 202-647-5879.)

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